Mike and I were out to dinner the other night. He needed a paper and pen to jot something down. The paper napkin (don’t judge, it wasn’t our anniversary or anything) made for a great piece of paper, but he still needed a pen.
“Do you have a pen in there?” Mike asked me, staring at my oversized summer purse.
“Probably,” I told him. “…But no promises.”
I started rummaging through my bag, then unloading it. Out came three pair of reading glasses, contact lens solution and case, two lipsticks, tissues (some used,) a pack of sugarless gum, sunglasses, hand lotion, my wallet, the pair of silver earrings I thought I had lost a few weeks ago, the charger for my fit bit, an empty bottle of Tylenol (the contents of which had emptied at the bottom of the purse,) and a bag of makeup. My fingers then felt a long thin object that absolutely could have been a pen.
“I think I’ve got it,” I told Mike, and I proudly held out what my fingers had grasped. Except it was not a pen, it was a lipstick liner (which, of course, can do in an emergency- every woman knows that.).
“Are you kidding me? You don’t have a pen in all that mess?” Mike said. He gave me that “Ring Around the Collar” look that I hate so much, followed by “If I carried a purse, I’d definitely have a pen in there.”
“Of course you would,” I said, “Probably two or three pens, because you would need a back up or two. In a special pen holder thingy. All organized.”
And that got us talking about what else he would have in his purse. And within seconds (he is very good at this type of thing), Mike came up with the list of what he would carry in his purse:
- A multi purpose tool (for those of you who don’t know, that is a combo screwdriver, pliers, Phillips head, wire cutters)
- Duct tape
- Battery back up for his cell phone
- Assortment of pens and pencils, including a highlighter
- Post it notes (“because you never know when you might want to write a note to leave on someone’s door or car, or use as a placeholder in a book or magazine.”
- Paper clips (“because I might have some papers I need to organize”)
- Bottle opener
- “See Clear” lens cleaning wipes (for eyeglasses and screens– nothing better)
- Mini flashlight
…and he complains that my purse is heavy?
I think what a man would carry in his purse says a lot about him. Friends have told me that their husbands would definitely carry tissues, Sudafed, or a flask of scotch (not sure how my husband missed that one on his list.)
You can draw your own conclusions about my husband based on this list, but what would your man have in his purse if he had one?
Men, what would you carry? Anything interesting? An extra set of underwear? Xanax? Condoms?
Please let me know in the comments below.